Meghan Christina Blase and Charles Brian Flynn
Driving to Sequoia National Park from the south on California Highway 198, you traverse the flat, fertile San Joaquin Valley, often called the 'food basket of the world.' You begin your mountain ascent on The Generals Highway over continuous hairpin curves to a hiking and camping paradise almost 7,000 feet above sea level. Word to the wise: Don’t trust your GPS. You’ll still have 23 winding miles left to go from the park entrance to Wuksachi Lodge, the only lodging in the park--a beautiful mountain lodge with guest rooms located in groves of trees blending into the forest. With every modern convenience and mouth-watering high-country cuisine, you will be encountering the splendor of Mother Nature in pristine and peaceful perfection.
Pinot gris and pinot grigio are the same. It all depends on the country where the grape is grown. Famous for its refreshing quality and zesty acidity, pinot G's fruit flavors favor citrus, pears, white peaches and apple.
So, The Hundred-Foot Journey came out last week to much critical acclaim. The movie is vibrant and sumptuous; and the director, Lasse Hallström, films food like it is the sexiest, most beautiful thing on the planet. Movies about food range from the exotic and sensual to the dark—and even disturbing. I have to admit, it was fun coming up with a list of the best films about food. To clarify, these films are actually about food. Diner is one of the funniest movies ever. Its title implies it is about food; however, it is not, and thus doesn't make the cut. So, here is my top 10 list of the best food films I've seen:
Sending a child away to college is one of the most exciting—and nerve-racking—times in families’ lives. Will they succeed academically? Will they get along with their roommate? Will they be able to live on their own? These are just some of the questions each parent faces as their child enters adulthood. Dr. Sherrie Campbell, a veteran psychologist based in southern California and author of Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person, says the best way to transition your teen into the next chapter is to instill them with confidence and discipline. LN recently spoke with Campbell, whose specialties include psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, more about how parents can prepare their kids for the privileges and challenges of college life.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
Santa Monica is a beachside city, bordered on three sides by the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, and on the other side, the majestic sprawl of the Pacific Ocean—a marvelous mix of sophistication and kitsch.
Inspired by STAGES St. Louis’ acclaimed production of Always, Patsy Cline, LN fashion editor Katie Yeadon selected patriotic pieces that are perfect for all the BBQs, picnics and concerts a St. Louis summer holds.
When founding the original 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Southern California a decade ago, the owners looked to an unusual source for the business’ name. “Harry Brearley was the inventor who figured out that the addition of 18-percent chrome and 8-percent nickel to steel eliminated rust, and allowed for a better-looking and better-performing product: stainless steel,” says Joe Bryan, owner of the newly opened 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Creve Coeur. It was those proportions that inspired the name 18|8. “The salon strives to transform its clientele to look and perform their best. A man who looks better and feels better about himself performs better.”
Kampai Sushi Bar is one of those places that sort of sneak up on you. Although it's located in the bustling Central West End, the restaurant sits on a quiet, tree-lined street removed from the busy Euclid Avenue. strip where most of the neighborhood's high-profile eateries are, tucked next to an equally anonymous apartment building.
Chardonnay is known as a classic grape. Grown in most parts of the world, it’s a grape that is praised, revered, bashed and misunderstood. It’s the white-wine darling of the American appetite, and a golden star in Burgundy. It’s a staple in the winemaker’s dream palette.
Everyone’s got a past. But, of course, some are just naturally more interesting than others. Three area realtors opened up to LN about how they got to where they are today, and how they transfer the skills they gained in previous careers to give them an edge in real estate industry.
Story: Four vignettes all are set in the suite of a London hotel overlooking Hyde Park. In Settling Accounts, successful Welsh novelist Brian is shocked to learn that he is suddenly bankrupt. As he pieces together what happened, he realizes that his financial advisor Billy has drained Brian's bank accounts. Before Billy can skip town, however, he finds himself at the business end of Brian’s revolver, attempting to ‘explain’ what has happened to the money.
U.S. News & World Report recently named St. Luke’s Surrey Place a ‘Best Nursing Home,’ rating it five out of five stars in its sixth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings. The facility competed with almost 16,000 nationwide to receive the recognition. St. Luke’s Surrey Place, located in Chesterfield, has 120 beds in skilled nursing, and 20 residential rooms for residents needing minimal assistance.
Emily Bliss Fowler-Cornfeld & James Wright Clayton
As the housing market continues to mend, premiere homes around town are selling almost as quickly as they hit the market. Here, top local real estate agents show some of their biggest accomplishments—and most impressive sales—from the last year.
Fans of fine food and the works of The Bard will be pleased to find out that Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is partnering with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for this year’s productions of Henry IV and Henry V. Bixby’s will host an intimate and elegant communal dining experience for five nights throughout the run of the show. Guests can make reservations to dine at a community table, under the stars, and enjoy a lavish full-course meal, focused on dining with local influence. This experience is limited to 40 guests per night. Tickets are $50 and include a reserved seat for the show; dinners begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at sfstl.com.
The latest cover of Opera News features four of five performers slated for next month’s Sing for Siteman benefit concert. Stephanie Blythe, Theo Lebow, Daniel Brevik and Tobias Greenhalgh grace the cover of the magazine’s June 2014 edition, along with fellow artist Elizabeth Futral.
A Pacific Parade cruise is the perfect getaway for someone not wanting to travel too far, but still enjoy exciting cities and wonderful adventures they may never have otherwise. After a plane ride to Vancouver, we boarded the Celebrity Century to embark on an 11-day journey down the west coast of Canada and the United States.
Welcome to Elegant Living's exclusive preview of the 2014 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, now celebrating its 44th year. Slated for May 31 and June 1, this year’s event features the mansions of Portland Place, which, along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, is one of the few remaining World’s Fair-era private streets in the city. Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman for wealthy St. Louisans who wished to escape the densely populated city core. The wide boulevard, lush green median and stone mansions made Portland Place a popular draw for the titans of St. Louis banking, commerce and industry, whose magnificent homes have hosted local, national and international dignitaries throughout the past century. It is not an overstatement to say that Portland Place boasts a social, cultural and architectural heritage unparalleled in St. Louis and beyond.
When planning her wedding to Matthew McRoskey, bride Rachel Greenhall knew: There’s no place like home.
As summer approaches, the desire to travel to exotic destinations takes over. This season, designers have capitalized on the ‘global wanderer’ spirit: ethnic prints and inspired accessories are everywhere. So whether you’re dreaming of the Arizona desert, an African safari or a journey to Mumbai, these pieces will give you a taste of a far-away land right here in the Midwest.
Spring has finally sprung. Well, at least my palate thinks so, because these days, I’m craving crisp and refreshing citrus notes in my wine.